A blog about the restoration, remodel and renovation of a 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow

3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour

By denise | May 14, 2011 | 15 Comments

Welcome to the 3rd Annual Bungalow Blog Tour! Be sure to visit all 10 or so bungalows on the tour (links from-and-to the next blog are provided at the bottom of each bungalow’s post). As always, comments and questions welcomed and encouraged! Built in 1929, our bungalow is a classic Chicago-style brick bungalow, one of…

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Tuna Box

By denise | October 9, 2008 | 0 Comments

When do you ever see a box, made out of solid wood, which was used to ship goods overseas, such as 48 7-oz. cans of tuna? We found this a little while back in our basement. Angola, sometimes known as Portuguese West Africa, was under Portuguese rule until 1975. They gained independence after a 15-year…

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2014 Recap: The Rest of the Garden

By denise | December 31, 2014 | 0 Comments

The rest of our garden, extending from the flagstone patio toward the front of the house, did very well last summer. Every spring I think that I should have planted bulbs the previous fall to fill in bare spots as the perennials wake up, but I never do it. I guess there’s always next year.…

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Happy 8th House-iversary

By denise | June 23, 2015 | 7 Comments

EIGHT YEARS! How time flies—I really can’t believe we’ve lived here for 8 years already (technically I’m two days early, but still)! Unfortunately I missed our anniversary last year, but we’ll just chalk that up to the 7-year itch with houseblogging, as I strayed a bit from that last year. 🙂 On our House-iversary two years ago,…

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Workbench, now Sideboard

By denise | January 9, 2015 | 0 Comments

Finally, and as promised, here is my grandfather’s wonderful workbench in its new role as our dining room sideboard. When we initially moved it inside, I wasn’t quite sure I liked it and my heart sank. I was hoping it just needed some balance with other things. I moved a large plant near it, added…

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Greetings! My husband and I have been working on renovating, remodeling and restoring our 1929 Chicago-style brick bungalow, inside and out, since Day One in 2007 (even before we owned the house!).

You’ll find the most recent posts below, or check out some hand-selected feature posts from the past above. I may change them with the season, feature a certain topic or choose random posts that were updated. Enjoy!

Trying to Look on the Bright Side

By denise | July 27, 2007

Good-bye old, beautiful, neutral bathroom with gunmetal gray walls, matching Kohler fixtures and black-and-white hexagonal tiles. I will miss you a lot (in fact, I already miss you). And a big, bright, shiny “God mórgon!” to the Swedish-pride bathroom we inherited from the PO. Perhaps your blue sky and sunshine colors will take care of…

What a Bright Idea!

By denise | July 25, 2007

The PO was recessed light crazy, especially in the basement. I would say there are about 20 lights in the basement, no lie. I like recessed lights, but it’s a little much. So I was intrigued when I read about the Recessed Light Conversion Kit from Worth Home Products. Their motto is something like, “If…

Moving Northward

By denise | July 24, 2007

It’s done——we’ve made the long 90-foot move north to the bungalow. The movers showed up on time Saturday morning and they were done by noon. Because we had already carried a lot of boxes into the bungalow last week they really only had to move the furniture. We took care of the kitchen and bathroom,…

Gratuitous Prairie Photos

By denise | July 20, 2007

Our backyard prairie is in full bloom. In the foreground you see the leaves of Prairie Dock. They are literally 14″ wide by 20″ tall, while their flower is about the size of the palm of your hand. The flower stalk grows 8-9 feet tall. Here you see Purple coneflower, Sand coreopsis, Wild bergamot and…

One of America’s Best for Families

By denise | July 18, 2007

Our little village of Morton Grove was recently recognized in the August 2007 issue of Family Circle magazine as one of America’s Top 10 towns for families. They chose from among 1,850 towns across the country with a population between 15,000 and 150,000 (Morton Grove is around 22,000) that “combined big city opportunities with suburban…

Signs of Moving In

By denise | July 17, 2007

…include a well-stocked refrigerator. Some details: Goose Island Summer Ale, a Chicago brew Schneider Weiße, the absolute best Weiss beer, brewed in Munich. I was ecstatic when they finally started importing it here. Green River, a Chicago soft drink (or “pop” as we say here). My mom works for the company that makes the flavoring.…

Lookin’ Good!

By denise | July 13, 2007

Yesterday was Day 2 for floor refinishing at the bungalow. The floor guys arrived on Wednesday around noon as promised and sanded the living room, dining room and parts of the bedrooms. They also replaced a few boards that were (yep, you guessed it!) soaked with cat pee. Luckily there were only a few bad…

Waiting for “Nature’s Miracle”

By denise | July 11, 2007

Since the day we closed on the bungalow we’ve been working on the cat litter and urine smell that has permeated the basement there. We armed ourselves with several odor-fighting products in the hopes that we could fairly easily solve this problem. The first product we tried was Odorzout. I can’t say if the product…

Not All Fun and Games

By denise | July 10, 2007

Lest you think we were goofing off all week with our houseguests (and BTW, temporarily owning 2 homes 90 feet apart comes in very handy when you have 4 adults and 2 teenage boys visiting!), here’s a list of what we accomplished last week (most of which was accomplished once they left last Thursday): sold…

Pool, Anyone?

By denise | July 10, 2007

Our pool table is one of the few things the PO left behind. He had it refelted when he moved it here and he bought it through a classified ad in the newspaper. It supposedly cost a lot of money to have it moved —— he claimed $600 —— and when he told the seller…